Using the Timeline Editing Tools

The Timeline includes editing tools you can use to edit and adjust clips in the Timeline.

Selection Tool

When you open the Timeline, the pointer is a selection pointer (arrow). You can use the Selection tool to select clips and tracks by clicking them and use it to make marquee selections across multiple tracks. When you are done using another Timeline editing tool, you can return the pointer to a selection pointer by clicking the Selection Tool button or by pressing A.

Figure. Timeline editing tools showing Selection tool.

Timeslice Tool

You can use the Timeslice tool to make time-based selections. Timeslice tool selections are entirely time-based, so you can use the Timeslice tool to select portions of clips or portions of multiple clips. (This is unlike selections across multiple tracks with the default Selection tool, which can only select whole clips.) Timeslice selections in the Timeline will also appear as selections in the File Editor tab. You can select the Timeslice tool by pressing W. For more information about the Timeslice tool, see Editing with the Timeslice Tool.

Figure. Timeline editing tools showing Timeslice tool.

Blade and Blade All Tools

Using the Blade tool, you can perform many splits consecutively without moving the playhead each time. Use the Blade All tool to split across all tracks. You can select the Blade tool by pressing B, and the Blade All tool by pressing BB. For more information about the Blade and Blade All tools, see Splitting and Joining Audio Clips.

Figure. Timeline editing tools showing Blade tool and Blade All tool.

Lift and Stamp Tools

The Lift and Stamp tools provide an efficient way to transfer properties from one clip to one or more other clips. Use the Lift tool to copy properties from selected clips and create a processing template in the Sound Palette that can be applied to other clips. Use the Stamp tool to apply those properties to the other clips. You can select the Lift tool by pressing UU, and the Stamp tool by pressing U. For more information about the Lift and Stamp tools, see The Lift and Stamp Tools and the Sound Palette.

Figure. Timeline editing tools showing Lift tool and Stamp tool.

Scrub Tool

The Soundtrack Pro Scrub tool provides detailed scrubbing that realistically approximates the “rock-the-reels” scrubbing on analog tape decks. You can select the Scrub tool by pressing H. For more information about the Scrub tool, see Scrubbing Audio Files.

Figure. Timeline editing tools showing Scrub tool.